What happened to Shelley?

Age: 15

An older teenage boy becomes Shelley’s boyfriend.  Soon after their relationship becomes sexual, the boyfriend invites his friend to have sex with Shelley as well.  When she refuses, he punches her, rapes her, and his friend does the same.  For the next three years, the boy acts as Shelley’s trafficker.  Other teenage boys will pay him to have sex with her, or will pay to watch someone have sex with her.  None of this sex is consensual.  Shelley is not paid for any of it.

At age 19 Shelley is diagnosed with cervical cancer.  She moves away from the town where her pimp lives, recovers from cancer, and becomes an activist against the decriminalization of prostitution.


Thank you for coming to see Traffick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. We welcome you to continue the discussion on sex slavery in our community by sharing your experience in the comments.

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